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Lavender Insect Eggs – Welcome to a photographic journey through the woods, fields and marshes of New England

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Although this is a seasonal, New England-based blog, I wish to share a most unusual photograph taken by my daughter, Sadie Richards (of 7/27/10 wool carder bee photo fame), which was not taken in the winter, nor in New England; rather it was taken in September in California. Sadie noticed and photographed the lavender-colored eggs of a yet-to-be-identified insect which were laid on top of the flower stalk of a lavender plant (see lavender flowers in background). If there exists a better illustration of cryptic coloration, I have not seen it. Can you solve the mystery of what insect laid these eggs for us?

2 responses

  1. They must be moth eggs. I can’t say more without seeing more detail, but I would guess they’re from a noctuid (owlet moth / cutworm) of some sort. Neat to see them completely coating the plant like that!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:42 am

  2. Thanks so much, Charley, for solving this mystery!

    August 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

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